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Bandits kidnap driver, 3 passengers in Ondo

Suspected bandits have kidnapped a driver and three other passengers who were travelling to Irun Akoko in Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The travellers were reportedly abducted around 6pm on Saturday en route to Irun through Imesi town, a close border community between Ekiti and Ondo states.

Daily Trust gathered that the victims were mostly residents of Irun and Ikare Akoko, who were returning home from a function.

Although, the details about the kidnapping were still sketchy, it was learnt that joint security operatives had swung into action, combing the bush for the victims.

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A top security source told Daily Trust that an operation to rescue the victims was ongoing with the collaboration of a local vigilante group.

“We are still on the mission to rescue the victims (travellers),” he said.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Funmilayo Odunlami, said she is yet to be briefed about the case.

She, however, promised to furnish our reporter with details of the kidnapping when briefed.

But confirming the incident, the Ondo Commander of the Amotekun Corps, Mr Adetunji Adeleye, said his men were on trail of the bandits.

He said, “Our men and soldiers from Ekiti are combing the forest but the hoodlums did not kidnap the 18 passengers in the bus.

“Some of the passengers escaped, while our men with soldiers rescued some of the victims in the night. Our men are combing the forest as we speak.”